We have a date for Apple’s slew of fall software releases – well, the device-related releases the company unveiled at its September product event today (September 14).
Apple didn’t pay much attention to the release dates of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15 in its 1.5-hour presentation. Instead, the news of the September 20 release date arrived amid various press releases and datasheets released by Apple in support of its announcements for the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, iPad 9 and iPad mini 6.
Yes, that means the iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS updates are all coming this Monday. For iPad and iPhone software, this is before the shipping dates for new tablets and phones. Apple Watch 7 won’t arrive until later this fall, although the watchOS 8 update has a number of benefits for current Apple Watch owners.
This series of macOS 12 Monterey software releases is missing, which premiered at the same June developer conference as the upcoming releases on Monday. Don’t read too much about it, however, Apple is reportedly working on new MacBook Pro models, with another fall launch event in the works. It is likely that we will see the macOS update arrive at that time.
Apple’s software updates not only power newly released hardware, but also support existing devices that are several years old in some cases. The iOS 15 update, for example, will work on iPhones dating back to the iPhone 6s, which debuted six years ago.
We take a closer look at each of the software updates, but here’s a rundown of what each brings.
iOS 15: Apple’s iPhone software brings important updates to a number of existing apps, including Maps, Safari, and FaceTime. (Although FaceTime’s interface and audio improvements are part of Monday’s iOS 15 release, the SharePlay branded feature – which lets you watch videos with other people through FaceTime – won’t happen. only later.) You can also look for new features powered by artificial intelligence, such as Visual Look Up, which can recognize objects, people, and places in photos, and Live Text to capture text with the your iPhone camera.
Here are our thoughts on the iOS 15 Public Beta.
iPad 15: This is the iOS 15 update, but for iPads, as Apple continues to divide software for its tablets and phones. iPadOS 15 includes some iPad-specific enhancements, such as smarter multitasking, a Quick Notes feature that lets you jot down ideas more easily, and Home screen widgets.
We also have a hands-on review of the iPadOS 15.
watchOS 8: WatchOS 8 adds a new mindfulness app and improves your Apple Watch’s sleep tracking features to measure your respiratory rate. You’ll be able to track new exercises with watchOS 8, and during the product event presentation Apple talked about a new cycling tracking feature that includes fall detection when you and your bike fall.
These are the five underrated features of watchOS 8 that we are excited about.
tvOS 15: There’s no doubt that tvOS 15 is the least anticipated of this quartet of software updates, especially since the SharePlay feature is being showcased right now. But the updated software for Apple TV includes spatial audio support for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, a new Shared with you section for content recommended by friends and family, and HomePod mini integration.
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